Ecoverse: In a Strange House
The House, an animation produced and released by Netflix this year, is an omnibus project that has the warm texture of stop motion and utilizes dolls with uneasiness and irrationality underlying it where three bizarre incidents that transcend time and space take place in one house. Acclaimed directors of stop motion animation introduce a unique style of storytelling using figures made of warm materials like felt and cloth. ‘Ecoverse: In a Strange House’ section is a collection of the major works of Marc James ROELS, Emma De SWAEF, and Niki Lindroth VON BAHR who participated in The House and deal with the invisible uneasiness and irrationality that arise within the relationship between people and their surroundings.
Marc James ROELS, Emma De SWAEF, and Niki Lindroth VON BAHR present a distinctive vision in storytelling by combining a surreal setting with handcrafted dolls that were created with affection. Through these tactile figures that have a lot of character and can evoke laughter through such minute movements as the twitching of eyebrows, they create an absurd sense of humor. Niki Lindroth VON BAHR is an artisan who loves creating dolls and building sets and breathes life into characters by using stop motion and marionette methods. The dark humor underlying her work is subtle in the way it is balanced against characters with warm textures usually portrayed as animals.
Take this opportunity to encounter their works which capture the audience with uneasy images and humor poised between a dreamlike setting that transcends the physical limitations of time and space and the delicate movements of the dolls.